Step by step guide to setup a WRT54G in client bridge mode

Discussion in 'Sveasoft Firmware' started by shah, Feb 6, 2005.

  1. shah

    shah Network Guru Member

    Alright here you go - a step by step guide to setting up a linksys in client or bridge mode for whatever purposes. Some use it to hook up an XBOX or other game consoles with the network, or a media center pc, etc. I was going to paste this in response to another topic, but it was closed by someone.

    1. ROUTER refers to a linksys wrt54g with stock/original firmware. Any other should work as well.
    2. ROUTER internal ip =
    3. ROUTER subnet mask =
    4. ROUTER DNS Server 1 = aaa.bbb.ccc.ddd (replace by actual ip)
    5. ROUTER DNS Server 2 = aaa.bbb.ccc.eee (replace by actual ip)
    6. ROUTER has wireless enabled with SSID = SUBSTITUTE_YOUR_ROUTER_SSID
    7. ROUTER as security enabled using 64 bit WEP encryption with key = SUBSTITUTE_YOUR_ROUTER_WEP_KEY

    8. CLIENT refers to a linksys wrt54g with latest satori or alchemy firmware.

    Please subscribe to sveasoft and get the latest firmware, it's worth the small subscription amount. satori works as well but you can only hook up a single device to the CLIENT.

    I am morally against placing support discussions contributed by public behind closed doors (hence posting this here instead of closed sveasoft forums) but I still paid for my software, because I think the bits are worth the money.

    9. X > Y = Click on first level menu on the top labelled X and then click on submenu or tab labelled Y
    10. A.B = Value of a field labelled B in the section labelled A on a page. Section names appear vertically on the left of the page with black background.

    1. Validate or obtain the above information about the ROUTER. As long as you have access to it one way or another it shouldn't be an issue, e.g. on windows, you can run a ipconfig /all command in the command prompt to obtain the info above. Whatever the values, please use those values instead of the above.

    2. Also figure out an ip address on the ROUTER that is outside the dynamic ip address assignment range. Most routers come pre-configured with dynamic ip assignments starting from *.*.*.100 or *.*.*.50 onwards. So a low ip like should work in our scenario. This will be used to assign the ROUTER facing ip to the CLIENT later on.

    3. These steps assume that you are starting with a clean slate. So if you have messed around with the settings, undo it by restoring the defaults. Any settings not outlined in the steps are to remain at the default values!

    CLIENT setup step 1:
    1. Select Wireless > Basic Settings tab
    2. Set Wireless Network.Wireless Mode = Client
    3. Set Wireless Network.Wireless Network Mode = Mixed (or if all your cards and ROUTER support G, then set it to G-Only)
    4. Set Wireless Network.Wireless Network Name (SSID) = SUBSTITUTE_YOUR_ROUTER_SSID
    5. Click Save Setting button

    CLIENT setup step 2:
    The settings in this tab will vary depending on what security settings are configured on the ROUTER. Basically it is the same as you enter when connecting a laptop or any other wireless device with the ROUTER. I will use the example of WEP based encryption with a 64 bit hex key. If your ROUTER doesn't have any security settings, then this step can be skipped.
    1. Select Wireless > Security tab
    2. Set Wireless Security.Security Mode = WEP
    3. Set Wireless Security.Default Transmit Key = 1 (or which ever your ROUTER is configured to use)
    4. Set Wireless Security.WEP Encryption = 64 bits 10 hex digits
    5. Set Wireless Security.Passphrase = Leave blank if you manually entered your key when setting up router otherwise enter the passphrase and click generate
    6. Set Wireless Security.Key 1 = SUBSTITUTE_YOUR_ROUTER_WEP_KEY assuming you didnt enter a passphrase and hit generate in the previous step
    7. Repeat #6 for the rest of the keys to set them to what ever was configured on the ROUTER.
    8. Click Save Setting button

    CLIENT setup step 3:
    1. Select Setup > Basic Setup tab
    2. Set Wireless Setup.Internet Connection Type = Static IP
    3. Set Wireless Setup.Internet IP Address = (or whatever ip address you identified in step 2 of preperation)
    4. Set Wireless Setup.Subnet Mask = (same as assumption #3)
    5. Set Wireless Setup.Gateway = (Same as assumption #2)
    6. Set Wireless Setup.Static DNS 1 = (Same as assumption #2)
    7. Set Wireless Setup.Static DNS 2 = aaa.bbb.ccc.ddd (Same as assumption #4)
    8. Set Wireless Setup.Static DNS 3 = aaa.bbb.ccc.eee (Same as assumption #5)
    9. Set Wireless Setup.Router Name = BRIDGE (doesn't matter what you name it)
    10. Set Wireless Setup.Host Name = BRIDGE (doesn't matter what you name it)
    11. Set Wireless Setup.Domain Name = Blank (unless you have a reason to enter it)
    12. Set Wireless Setup.MTU = Auto
    13. Set Network Setup.Local IP Address = (increment the 3rd octet of the Wireless Setup.Internet IP Address field by 1, e.g 192.168.1+1.2. So now is your ROUTER facing IP and is your CLIENT network facing IP.
    14. Set Network Setup.Subnet Mask = (Same as assumption #3)
    15. Set Network Setup.Gateway = (Same as #13 above)
    16. Set Network Setup.Local DNS = (Same as #6 above)
    17. Set Network Setup.DHCP Server = Enabled (To let the CLIENT issue dynamic IPs to the devices hooked up to it)
    18. Set Network Setup.Starting IP Address = (You may have to click on Save Settings button before you see 192.168.2 written in this field. If you do, make sure you connect back to the CLIENT using the ip address is #13 above)
    19. Set Network Setup.WINS =
    20. Click on Save Settings button. Notice that after this configuration, your CLIENT bridge/router has a different IP address for administration. So if you are not automatically redirected to the new IP, you may have to connect to the administration web page by typing yourself. Also note that at this stage, you may not be able to connect to the new IP unless you are using a computer hooked up to one of the LAN ports of the CLIENT itself. And you may need to temporarily setup your computer's TCP/IP config to use a static IP in the 192.168.2.* subnet.

    CLIENT setup step 4:
    These steps are temporary so that you don't run into any issues during setup. Once you have everything working, you can undo these settings one by one as long as your setup keeps working. Theoratically speaking, you shouldn't need to because your internal network is protected by the firewall of your ROUTER from the internet anyway. But if you are security conscious then you may want to undo these.
    1. Select Security > Firewall
    2. Set Firewall.Firewall Protection = Disabled
    3. Set Firewall.Block Anonymous Internet Requests = unchecked
    4. Click Save Settings button

    At this point, you should be able to Click on Status > Wireless tab and see that you are connected to the ROUTER. You should also be able to hook up a device or computer to one of the four LAN ports of the CLIENT and notice that it obtains a dynamic IP like or some number greater than 100. You should also be able to ping your ROUTER, i.e. ping You should also be able to ping the internet, e.g. ping If you are not successful, then complete the next steps and retry after restarting the device/computer connected to the CLIENT. You may want to reboot the CLIENT as well.

    ROUTER setup step 1:
    If you are not able to ping the ROUTER from a computer connected to the CLIENT, then you may have MAC address filtering enabled on the ROUTER and your security settings may be incorrect. For the former problem, make sure that you add the MAC address of the CLIENT as well as the MAC address of the computer connected to the CLIENT to the MAC filter list. In fact, the best thing to do right now is to temporarily turn off MAC address filtering.

    Also, at this stage since the CLIENT and all devices/computers hooked up to it are on the 192.168.2.* subnet while your ROUTER is on the 192.168.1.* subnet, you will most likely not be able to ping the CLIENT or any computer connected to the CLIENT. In order to fix that, you need to setup a static route to the 192.168.2.* network so your ROUTER knows how to forward traffic to that network.
    1. Connect to the ROUTER's admin app, typically
    2. Select Setup > Advanced Routing
    3. Set Advanced Routing.Operating Mode = Gateway
    4. Set Advanced Routing.Select Set Number = 1
    5. Set Advanced Routing.Enter Route Name = BRIDGE (or any name you fancy)
    6. Set Advanced Routing.Destination LAN IP = (the last octet must be 0 and the third octet must be the same as your CLIENT's local IP's third octet)
    7. Set Advanced Routing.Subnet Mask =
    8. Set Advanced Routing.Default Gateway = (same as your CLIENT's ROUTER facing IP, i.e. Client setup Step 3, #3 above)
    9. Set Advanced Routing.Interface = LAN & WIRELESS
    10. Click Save Settings button
    11. Click on Show Routig Table button and it should look something like:

    Destination LAN IP, Subnet Mask, Gateway, Interface
    YOUR_EXT_IP,,, WAN (Internet),,, LAN & Wireless,,, LAN & Wireless,, YOUR_EXT_IP, WAN (Internet)

    That is it! If you have followed the steps correctly and made sensible substitutions for your specific environment, everything should work flawlessly. If you run into any issues, double check your settings adn run through the steps again. Make sure you are starting from a clean slate configuration on the CLIENT.

    Hope this helps. Admins, you may want to make this a sticky topic.

  2. lware

    lware Guest

    still no luck... I'm on Alchemy 6.0-RC3

    I've got the "client" configured, but I'm not able to ping the router.

    It looks to me like its not associating with the router at all, but I'm not sure how I can tell for sure.

    When I go to Status.Wireless.Survey I see nothing, and I am not sure how I can telll from the first Wireless Status screen.

    Any tips?
  3. Gazdagreat

    Gazdagreat Guest

    In the Status.Wireless.Survey screen try DHCP Release and the DHCP Renew. I had to do this in order to get mine to work. Good Luck
  4. hegde

    hegde Guest

    my router is netgear wgt624 (

    my wireless client is WRT54GS ( v1.1 running alchemy-6.0-RC5a FBN-Edition #19
    Can they work together?
    I have followed the guide. But from ROUTER i cannot see the IP address of CLIENT can see only mac address of CLIENT in the "attached devices" list of netgear admin web interface.

  5. shah

    shah Network Guru Member

    As long as the ROUTER has a provision for configuring a static route to another subnet, it should work flawlessly. I don't own a Netgear so I can't say for a fact if it support manual route configurations.

    If you have setup a route and it still doesn't work then make sure you don't have any MAC filtering or firewalls enabled initially as you setup the CLIENT.

    With the info you have provided, that's all I can think of right now. Hope it helps a tad bit.


  6. bischen

    bischen Network Guru Member

    hello shah,

    i have 2 problems/questions about your guide.

    1. when I
    CLIENT setup step 3:
    13. Set Network Setup.Local IP Address = (increment the 3rd octet of the Wireless Setup.Internet IP Address field by 1, e.g 192.168.1+1.2. So now is your ROUTER facing IP and is your CLIENT network facing IP.

    I cannot connect to the client as it is on a new subnet. As the only thing that is connectet to the client is my Xbox i can´t do the remaining settings and I have to connect it by wire to my pc (where I have to change the tcpip-settings to 192.168.2.....)? :(

    2. Is it correct to set the xbox-IP to or has it got to be

    I tried it yesterday but I can´t get it to work. So I´ve gone back to HyperWRT and did it with toxic´s
    a. wl lazywds 0
    b. wl wds BB:BB:BB:BB:BB:BB......

    Here I have all at the ...1....subnet

    Do´in it this way I have internetconnection with my xbox.
    The only problem is that I loose connection when streaming bigger files from PC to Xbox. So I thougt to try different firmware.


  7. shah

    shah Network Guru Member

    Yes, you are right. If you choose to put the CLIENT and the CLIENT attached devices on a seprate subnet, which is my preferred configuration (primarily security reasons for me), you will have to configure your CLIENT while connected to a computer on the same subnet. It's a temporary setup-time thingy though, once the route to the subnet is configured, you should be able to access both the CLIENT and the XBOX attached to it. You can try to setup the CLIENT on the 192.168.1.* subnet, but I am not sure if it will work.

    It has to be or 6 or 7, that is, basically on the 192.168.2.* subnet

  8. bischen

    bischen Network Guru Member

    Thanks for your advice! Now I got it running. The only problem I have now is that I can´t stream music or movies to my xbox( from PC ( But I think this again istn´t possible because of the ...2... subnet that the xbox has now :(.

    But now kai is running very stable, I have weather and rss-feed on the xbox. Bevore I was able to stream/weather/rss but wiht very unstable kai.

    I think now its up to me to deceide whats more important the streaming or the kai. Or maybe there is a way :roll:

    But thanks shah so far ...good work! :D

  9. shah

    shah Network Guru Member

    You are welcome bischen. But I am curious why you can't stream to your xbox. If your routing rules are correct, there is absolutely no reason why you shouldn't be able to stream content from your PC to the xbox. Just make sure that there are no firewall rules on either the CLIENT or the ROUTER that are preventing you from connection from the xbox to the PC or vice versa.

  10. bischen

    bischen Network Guru Member

    For me it seems strange too. As i mentioned before I have www-access on my xbox and it´s on a different subnet than the router. So I think there is a connection :wink:

    I even tried to set the 2nd router to DMZ (at security settings in router 1)

    But there is no way to ping or to stream by ftp to the xbox. I don´t know.

    Right now i have got a wds-connection runnin. And it´s OK but not great.
    It is a l´bit slow. But now the main problem is that when I stream to xbox the stream cutts of from time to time and I have to restart my box. :(
    I don´t know - maybe it´s the "wireless-bug" that is discussed here a lot or it is the problem that router 1 is located in the cellar and xbox is in 2nd floor with solid walls between.

    Btw take a look at the dd-wrt firmware. It´s based on alchemy and has kai build in. Good work BrainSlayer!

    Thanks again for reply´in shah!

  11. vizenmaster

    vizenmaster Network Guru Member

    my computer setting like this
    linksys wrt(
    laptop( router

    this is what i did on my netgear under static routes option
    Route Name toLinksys
    Active--I checked this box
    Destination IP Address:
    IP Subnet Mask:
    Gateway IP Address:
    Metric: 2

    for linksys under setup--advanced routing
    Enter route name: toNetgear
    desktination Lan IP:
    subnet mask:
    default gateway:
    Interface: lan& Wireless

    I can use the internet on laptop and pc1, but I can't get laptop and pc1 to recognize each other. I can't share files between them. please help
  12. carrera206

    carrera206 Network Guru Member

    Re: Step by step guide to setup a WRT54G in client bridge mo

    Great guide.

    However I am having problems since Comcast does not have any static IPs (even for their DNS servers) therefore I have been having problems.

    Would it be possible for you to post an example with the addresses on the same subnet? It would be greatly appreciated and I belive it may remove some of the problems that some folks have been having.

    Thanks much in advance.

  13. shah

    shah Network Guru Member

    Try setting the destination ip to the LAN IP, that is, instead of, use in your route config
    You shouldn't need this one as long as the first route above is setup right. But if it doesn't work then do the same thing here, that is use the LAN IP instead of the laptop IP. So replace with

    Also, before testing file sharing, try to just ping the pc from the laptop and vice versa. Also, make sure that the firewalls on the routers or any of the software firewalls on your pc are not the culprits. Try that before configuring the second route on the linksys. As I said, it may not be needed.

    Hope that helps.

  14. shah

    shah Network Guru Member

    Re: Step by step guide to setup a WRT54G in client bridge mo


    You don't need static IPs from your ISP for the guide, not sure what led you to believe that. All 192.168* IPs discussed are internal non-routable on the internet IP addresses. The external IP can be dynamic and your ROUTER set in the gateway mode manages it automatically for you.

    I am really reluctant in proposing a scheme where the ROUTER and the CLIENT are essentially daisy-chained on the same subnet because of many reasons:
    - I am uncertain if it can be done easily
    - Packet collisions due to incorrect config
    - IP address conflicts due to DHCP servers on both ROUTER and CLIENT (in case they are enabled)
    - Security (the ROUTER attached devices sort of act like a DMZ for me and I have customized iptables rules that prohibit any externally originated traffic to reach the CLIENT attached devices)
    - It will be a harder configuration scheme than the one that utilizes different subnets.

    Trust me, none of the issues that some users have run into have to do with the 2 subnets. There are many folks who have got it working flawlessly by following the guide.

    Let me know if you have a specific issue and I will be more than happy to help resolve it.


  15. carrera206

    carrera206 Network Guru Member

    Re: Step by step guide to setup a WRT54G in client bridge mo


    Thanks so much for your reply. Your guide was the only one that I could find that listed step-by-step the setting needed for connecting 2 WRT54G routers. So I really appreciate your spending the time to write it and answer questions.

    The symptoms of my problem are that with my current config of the router/client I have to regularly (about 1/day) either restart the client machine or release then renew the DHCP lease in order for the connection to work. This caused me to believe that the DHCP lease had run out or had been changed by Comcast on a regular basis and subsequently drop the client's connection.

    Another of the reasons that I zeroed in on the static IP issue as a possible problem was that your guide listed needing the DNS server IPs as some of the assumptions. Comcast doesn't supply the static DNS addresses. So I plugged in the DNS addresses that I could resolve with a network utility however I believe that they change regularly.

    Also after implementing the steps you outlined, I was unable to get the client to connect to the network until I changed the Network connection setting on the client machine to "DHCP with Manual address" and then set the machine's IP to

    Before implementing this "fix" the client machine would pull an IP with a 192.168.2.X address and I couldn't connect nor reach the reconfig screen of the client router.

    If it would help I can post the setting for each of the routers, so if you need that info I will post it.

    Thanks again,


  16. shah

    shah Network Guru Member

    Re: Step by step guide to setup a WRT54G in client bridge mo

    The symptoms of my problem are that with my current config of the router/client I have to regularly (about 1/day) either restart the client machine or release then renew the DHCP lease in order for the connection to work. This caused me to believe that the DHCP lease had run out or had been changed by Comcast on a regular basis and subsequently drop the client's connection.

    Well, the ip address of the CLIENT is assigned by the dhcp server in the ROUTER and has nothing to do with the Comcast assigned IP addresses for your ROUTER'S external (WAN) interface. So this is an issue with the dhcp config of your ROUTER. Make sure it is configured to lease out an IP for a long period of time. If that is already the case, then you may have a conflict on the network where multiple devices are assigned the same IP. Make them all dynamically assigned and ensure that all devices on teh same subnet are configured to receive the IP from one and only one DHCP server.

    Another of the reasons that I zeroed in on the static IP issue as a possible problem was that your guide listed needing the DNS server IPs as some of the assumptions. Comcast doesn't supply the static DNS addresses. So I plugged in the DNS addresses that I could resolve with a network utility however I believe that they change regularly.

    This is another non-issue. You should be able to get the list of DNS servers by typicing ipconfig /all in the command prompt. The DNS servers typically don't change. But you can almost always get away with assigning the IP address of yoru ROUTER'S internal interface as the DNS server on the CLIENT and CLIENT attached devices. I have that in my instructions. DNS server IPs are a nice to have in most cases.

    Also after implementing the steps you outlined, I was unable to get the client to connect to the network until I changed the Network connection setting on the client machine to "DHCP with Manual address" and then set the machine's IP to

    This may be the cause of a potential conflict on the network. You shouldn't do that. See below.

    Before implementing this "fix" the client machine would pull an IP with a 192.168.2.X address and I couldn't connect nor reach the reconfig screen of the client router.

    The 192.168.2.X IP is correct, you just need to configure the static route from the .1 net tot eh .2 net as per my instructions. I have a feeling you didn't follow the instructions down to every detail/step. Please recheck and you shouldn't have any issues.

    If it would help I can post the setting for each of the routers, so if you need that info I will post it.

    If the above doesn't help, then do so. But hopefully you won't need that.


  17. Slee

    Slee Guest

    Hi, here is my config:

    Ethernet modem - Netgear wifi router - Linksys WRT54GS - Desktop (running Linux)

    It seems that Encryption causes a problem to me.
    I tried either WEP or WPA-PSK, and it doesn't work.
    Without any security, it works fine.

    Any clue of what the problem is?

    Thanks for your help

    Netgear wifi router config is like this:
    IP: /
    Static route: Destination -> Gateway ->
    WEP activated, with shared key

    Linksys WRT54GS (client) is using Sveasoft Alchemy-pre7a v3.37.6.8sv
    Basic wireless setup
    Internet IP:
    Static DNS1:
    Static DNS 2/3: My ISP DNS
    Router name/Host name: SVEASOFT, MTU: Auto

    Basic network setup
    Local IP:
    Local DNS:
    DHCP enabled from till x.x.x.105

    Firewall off, I I paid attention to carefully configure as mentionned in the above posts.
  18. shah

    shah Network Guru Member


    If everything is working without the encryption then following are the only things I can ask you to check or re-check:

    - You are using the same encruption method on both the ROUTER and the CLIENT
    - You are using the same length key on both ROUTER and the CLIENT
    - The key values are the same and don't use the passphrase feature, just type in the same value for all four keys, e.g. if you are using WEP
    - Check the Status.Wireless.Encruption Function value and make sure it is enabled.
    - Enable logging Administration.Log and see if it reports anything of use

    Hope some of it helps. Regardless, if you resolve the issue please post back what the problem was so I can improve the guide.


  19. lio256

    lio256 Network Guru Member

    Cannot reach CLIENT from ROUTER

    Thanks Shah that was an excellent guide however I still have a few unresolved issues.

    I have a Netgear WGR614 router and Linksys WRT54GS client. I have internet access from the client attached pc (CAP) but cannot ping any router attached device (RAP). A CAP can ping the CLIENT at both subnet address and the ROUTER successfully (obviously as its getting an internet connection) but a CAP cannot ping a RAP. Additionally a RAP cannot ping the CLIENT at either address or any CAP. I have set up a static route on the router to 1 of my CAPs of which I know the address as follows:

    Destination IP Address:
    IP Subnet Mask:
    Gateway IP Address:
    Metric: 2

    MAC filtering is OFF on both CLIENT and ROUTER

    Any suggestions as to what might be the problem?
  20. lio256

    lio256 Network Guru Member

    It is working now I can ping from both CAPs and RAPs, I unhid the SSID and put both client and router on the same channel. Not sure which was the culprit but file sharing works now in both directions (have to use IP addresses though instead of computer names).

    Thanks again for the great guide.
  21. wrt54gs

    wrt54gs Network Guru Member

    Hello , shah,

    Example Mode :
    Internet--------Other brand wireless Router--------WRT54G/S(Client mode)-----

    Q1:Can I connect to WRT54G/S with Wireless client and Wired Client ? How many clients WRT54G/S could serve (include wired and wireless client).

    Q2:What's the disadvantage of client mode compared with WDS ?

    Q3:Will the speed be cut in Client Mode ?

  22. shah

    shah Network Guru Member

    A1: You can only connect with wired clients. Only one for satori and up to 4 (or as many LAN ports as the CLIENT has) with Alchemy.

    A2: With Client mode you can not connect client devices wireless to the CLIENT, but you get the whole bandwidth for communication between CLIENT and ROUTER unlike WDS

    A3: No, the speed is NOT cut in client mode as it is in WDS mode

  23. joebloggs

    joebloggs Network Guru Member

    Regarding A1, can you run a wire from that one port to another wireless router and thus be able to allow as many clients as you want on?
  24. lio256

    lio256 Network Guru Member

    Playing network games with this set up

    Hi Shah,

    Is it possible to have two Xbox's play system link games using client mode?

    Xbox1 --- Router <<>> Bridge --- Xbox2

    The main problem I see is that they will both be on different subnets so that any broadcast messages sent out by the hosting Xbox will not reach the other. I have looked a lot in to this and no-one seems to be able to provide a concrete answer except to say that it works in WDS mode. That would require buying a new primary router which supports WDS and putting up with lower overall throughput.
  25. lio256

    lio256 Network Guru Member

    I've since read that when a game runs the xbox's no longer uses the dash set IP addresses. I can confirm this because when I unplugged an xbox set up on the bridge with a static ip and plugged it back in to the router whilst the game was still running it had no problem finding the hosted game on the same subnet.

    If there is no way of knowing what the ip addresses of the attached xbox's are when playing a game then what can we do to force them to talk to each other?

    Is there a different set up that would work for this?
  26. trash063003

    trash063003 Network Guru Member

    I've followed your directions and this is my current status:

    I have attached one computer to the CLIENT with an ethernet cable and everything works beautifully. IP address on the computer is

    I have another computer that connects to my network wirelessly. It only connects to my ROUTER with an ip address of This is obviously not what I want. I want it to connect to the CLIENT, with an IP address of for example.

    So to summarize, my CLIENT connects to my main network, but it doesn't seem like the "range expanding" is working. any thoughts?

    ***Edit ---- Only read the first page and didn't see the comment about only wireless clients. so my next quesiton is, can I do something to also set up wireless clients?
  27. lio256

    lio256 Network Guru Member

    To use wireless devices with the CLIENT in wireless mode you need to have a ROUTER and CLIENT that both support WDS mode OR use two wireless bridges connected to wireless access points (expensive solution). I'm afraid that's the bottom line.
  28. shah

    shah Network Guru Member

    Yes, you can daisy chain many routers like that. My suggestion will be to set it up in a different subnet and configure static routes back and forth. Or you can use WDS! What's a little bandwidth sacrafice. :)

  29. shah

    shah Network Guru Member

    As long as you have configred static routes, devices on the two subnets should be able to communicate with each other ASSUMING they know the other's IP. The issue in your case seems to be the auto-discovery of the IPs or even the devices on the two different subnets.

    Well, I don't know much about XBOX and how they are configured to communicate but they have to be using IP broadcasts to ask others on the network for identification. Which means, if you can forward the broadcast messages between the subnets, you should be set.

    Here is where it would help to know how XBOX's exactly broadcast. I can only see one of two mechanisms (you can use a sniffer to validate).

    1. A limited broadcast to IP which is only meant for devices attached to the CLIENT network. Routers are typically designed to ignore forwarding of limited broadcasts and you may be out of luck.

    2. A subnet broadcast to IP which you can TRY to forward to your network (ROUTER's) by setting up a static route for it. You may have to setup the subnet mask for the route as instead of

    If this doesn't work, WDS may be your only option or you can try to setup bridge mode on the same subnet with very careful IP address assignments.

    Let us know what worked for you.


  30. lio256

    lio256 Network Guru Member

    Just tried it, as per your advice number 2. I forwarded the subnet broadcast x.x.x.255 and BINGO! Both Xbox's now see each other's hosted games.

    Thank you.

    I love these forums!
  31. GPz1100

    GPz1100 Network Guru Member

    To the OP,

    Very nice detailed writeup of how to get this working.

    One small comment.

    What you actually describe is a routed client mode, not a bridged.

    The difference being, two different subnets (192.168.1.x & 192.168.2.x subnets) in the 'routed' client mode.

    With bridged client mode, the two subnets are the same, and no static routes are necessary (currently supported by talisman).
  32. hotrat

    hotrat Network Guru Member

    Thanks for the guide shah! i have it working sweetly here between a WAG54G v2 and a WRT54GS v1.1(client mode - Alchemy-V1.0) thanks to it!! only thing i didn't use from your guide is I set static ip's once i had it working as per your instructions and turned off dhcp all together on both routers. I also put the client routers ip address in the main routers DMZ and left the firewall on on the client router and block anonymous requests CHECKED, I figure the main router is protecting it's self and the client is protecting it's self this way??

    I have one lil question for you tho is there anyway to get file sharing working wif pc's connected either side of the routers?? or does the different subnet kill it??


    PC1 ---- Main Router <===wireless====> Client Router ----- PC2

    Thanks again for the guide!

  33. jinjimbob

    jinjimbob Network Guru Member

    Good one Sah.

    Only thing that I couldn't get working is the connections from the PC connected to the router side over to a replaytv & xbox on the client side.

    I used exactly the same network subnets and ip address you instruct. DHCP wasn't used anywhere though.
  34. sueio

    sueio Guest

    Adding an access point to extend coverage


    Thanks for the guide. I got it working and would like to extend it one more step.

    Hoping to extend the network coverage, I configured a wireless router into an Access Point by turning off the DHCP server then attached it to one of the ports at the bridge. It works fine but with one major problem. I have not found a way do “Wireless MAC filter†or “access restriction†control to limit access to my network.

    I applied these controls starting at the AP working upstream to the bridge then the main wireless router. So far, both MAC filer and “access restriction†does not work for any wireless client coming in via the AP or the bridge. It only works for wireless clients that are coming in via the main wireless router so any client via the AP or the bridge escapes access control.

    I am using a SMC 2804 Barricade as the AP. Turning on the MAC filter causes it to not pass any packet to the bridge so I left it open.

    The bridge, a Linksys WRT54G, sees only wired clients so my only option is “access restrictionâ€. Unfortunately, it appears the Linksys/Alchemy code when set to client mode does not pay any attention to the “access restriction†option.

    Working upstream to the main router (also a Linksys WRT54G), I found that “access restriction†works only for wireless clients that are directly logon to it - clients via the AP/bridge escape this control.

    Any ideas?
  35. Armitage64

    Armitage64 Network Guru Member

    I'm trying to do exactly what you are, I have two xboxes, one on the network and the other on the 2.0 network bridged between two wrt54gs running alchemy and I can't get them to see eachother in system link mode. Can you tell me specifically what routes you had to add to get this to work?

    One other problem I'm having is that I cannot administer the CLIENT device when connected to the network. Funny thing is I can administer the ROUTER when I'm connected wirelessly thru the CLIENT on the 2.0 network. This makes it very difficult to change settings. Anyone have an idea how to fix this?

    Here's my network setup:

    DSL Router
    Linux Box
    NIC1 - real world IP
    NIC2 - (IP Masq/NAT box)
    WRT54g (ROUTER)
    Internet Setup: Disabled --- XBOX 1 (
    Router IP:
    WRT65g (CLIENT)
    Internet Setup: --- XBOX 2 (
    Router IP:

    From the 1.0 network I can ping devices on the 2.0 network, but cannot access the CLIENT's web admin. Devices on the 2.0 network can surf the web, and connect to all devices on the 1.0 network, access the ROUTER's web admin, etc. Xboxes do not see eachother in system link mode.

    I have set the basic static routes per the instructions above, but I may have botched something :( Any help would be appreciated!!!
  36. jinjimbob

    jinjimbob Network Guru Member

    You have to enable Remote Router Access on the client wrt54g.
  37. Armitage64

    Armitage64 Network Guru Member

    Ahh, never noticed that option before. Thanks very much, that works much better! 1 down, 1 to go!
  38. Armitage64

    Armitage64 Network Guru Member

    Hrm, I just looked at the routing table on my CLIENT, and it looks messed up:

    Kernel IP routing table
    Destination Gateway Genmask Flags Metric Ref Use Iface * U 0 0 0 br0 * U 0 0 0 eth1 * U 0 0 0 lo
    default UG 0 0 0 eth1
    default UG 0 0 0 br0

    This does not seem to correspond to the static route I set on my CLIENT thru the web interface which is dest: mask gw (my ROUTER's wireless IP)

    Any ideas?
  39. Justroln

    Justroln Network Guru Member

    Great write up ssh, thanks.
    My problem is that I want to use a WRT54g in some mode to connect to an AP, that i dont have control over. I have read your post many times and tried to enable client mode but it wouldnt work. Any help you can provide would be great. I want to mimic the following article:

    I have all components just cant get the WRT's to connect to the AP's.

  40. lefonzie

    lefonzie Network Guru Member

    Working almost perfectly

    I set up a network in my place, using the method you describe and it works almost perfectly.
    My main router has the address
    My PC connected to it (wired) has the (static to allow port enabling for the p2p)
    Then I set up a secong WRT54G as a wireless bridge , with the IP address
    To this client I have a streamium box from PHILIPS , and XBOX and a PC.
    (all the the subnet 192.168.2.x)
    I can ping the different devices, from the PCclient or from the main PC (connected to the router), but I have an issue to have my streamium box ( finding the upnp server running on the main PC.
    However this box (streamium) can connect perfectly on the internet.
    I have disable all the firewall (on the 2 wrt54g), but also on the PC.
    I have also enable the upnp function on the 2 wrt54g (just in case ..).

    Just for the info, when the streamium is connected wired to the main PC it finds right away the upnp server.

    any idea would be a great help.

    Thanks in advance
  41. shah

    shah Network Guru Member

    Discovering ROUTER attached devices using subnet broadcasts

    Alright, I am going to go all stingy on bandwidth and try to post a stock answer to most of the recent posts that have the same issues in common, i.e. unable to discover ROUTER attached devices that rely on IP broadcasts for the discovery mechanism from the CLIENT attached devices. I had recommended the following to another poster who reported that it worked like a charm. You can see the full post on page 2 of this thread:

    A subnet broadcast to IP which you can TRY to forward to your network (ROUTER's) by setting up a static route for it. You may have to setup the subnet mask for the route as instead of

    Please setup this additional static router from the CLIENT to the ROUTER and most of your problems will go away.

    Hope this helps

  42. shah

    shah Network Guru Member

    Re: Working almost perfectly


    Please read page 2 of my thread where I posted the solution for what could possibly be the problem you are having also, that is, the subnet broadcasts don't have a static router defined from the CLIENT to the ROUTER which is typically used for discovery based services. Specifically, UPnP (last I heard it was a bad bad thing from a security point of view) is based on SSDP protocol that heavily relies on multicast messaging for discovering devices, so there is a good chance that this will solve your issue.

    When announcing itself to the UPnp server, the streamium is quite possily issuing a subnet broadcast to IP which you can forward to your network (ROUTER's) by setting up a static route for it. You may have to setup the subnet mask for the route as instead of

    lio256 tried this suggestion and according to him, it worked like a charm. Hope that solves your problem also. If it does, please do let us all know.


  43. lefonzie

    lefonzie Network Guru Member

    further explanations

    Can I take 5 minutes more of your time in order to ask you further explanation on how to set this.

    When announcing itself to the UPnp server, the streamium is quite possily issuing a subnet broadcast to IP which you can forward to your network (ROUTER's) by setting up a static route for it
    how to set up this route ?

    Do i need to do that on the wrt54g router or on the wrt54g client ?

    I fully understand that I need to go and the advanced routing in the basic set up, but what are the parameters I need to enter exaclty (IP destination, Sub mask , Gateway IP)

    (just for reminder, my router is, my client wrt54g is , my main PC with uPnp running is and my streamium is

    On the streamium box. Can I keep the static IP.
    Do I need to put the subnet mask to ?

    Thanks again for your explanation. I've got the feeling I am close to solve this issue, but I still need a little push ...
  44. lio256

    lio256 Network Guru Member

    The static route you need to set up on your ROUTER is:

    As SHAH suggested this should allow the xbox to broadcast LAN games.
  45. gowger

    gowger Guest

    Great guide! I would just like to clarify something.

    I presume this setup will also work where the internet ip address is not a LAN address but a real internet address. My isp is a wireless AP on which I will use a static internet ip address.

    So my routing table ends up like this: LAN & Wireless WAN (Internet) WAN (Internet)

    My LAN is of course the 192.168.1.* and the AP point which is my gateway is My internet ip address will be in the 10.22.3.* block.

    Does this seem right?

    Thanks in advance.
  46. Lampei

    Lampei Network Guru Member

    Sir, you and the original poster are both AWESOME! :) I changed the mode from client-bridged to client-routed and it worked perfectly (I was puzzling for an *hour* trying to get everything working correctly) I got it working in WPA mode also. Fantastic!!!
  47. rdjager

    rdjager Guest

    Will this setup work with Talisman?

    First of all, SHAH, excellent guide! It has been very helpful.

    I have tried to implement your system using Talisman firmware without success. I am able to ping the MAIN from the CLIENT without difficulty.

    I essentially have the following problem:

    (1) I have a Dell multifunction laser PRINTER in Room 1 hooked up to a CLIENT WRT54G v3.0 running Talisman
    (2) I have internet access through a cable modem via another computer hooked up to the main ROUTER WRT54G v3.0 running Talisman
    (3) I would like to print wirelessly (my printer would be given an IP address from the CLIENT DHCP). The printer cannot be moved (for family reasons).
    (4) I would like to surf the net wirelessly using my laptop with built-in 802.11g

    A few questions:

    1. Can your setup work with Talisman?
    2. Do I need to choose client-bridged or client-routed to get this to work?
    3. Under advanced routing in Talisman there are checkboxes for WAN and LAN&Wireless and also checkboxes for RIP, etc. -- can I leave these all unchecked and simply enter the data you suggested?

    Thanks in advance for your advice.

  48. Lampei

    Lampei Network Guru Member

    Re: Will this setup work with Talisman?

    1. This is what I used to get mine working. Just follow the guide exactly. One of the settings that SHAH said to change was not in Talisman, so don't change that one :)
    2. I used client-routed to get the WPA to work so I'd try that one first.
    3. I did not have to check any of those. I did add an ip address under advanced routing and setup for my xbox (probably the same thing to get the printer to work) and did not change anything at the top of that page.
  49. Spankster

    Spankster Network Guru Member

    Re: Working almost perfectly


    Your tutorial is excellent. It's the reason that I just went out and bought a second WRT54G to set up in client mode so that I could connect my TiVo to the rest of my network. The big plus of this method for me was the ability to use WPA security (anything less is unacceptable, and I could find NO OTHER bridges that support it).

    So, I've got it all working thanks to your post and others comments. It all seems to be working great, I can ping everything from everything. My TiVo has internet access (it's connected to the BRIDGE wrt54g). There is just one problem left, and I think it's related to the last several posts in this thread.

    Here's the problem. I'm running the TiVo software on my PC, connected to the ROUTER. The TiVo is on the BRIDGE and the two don't see each other. There is TiVo software used to copy files from the TiVo to the computer, but it does not allow you to enter the TiVo IP address, it must be able to "auto detect" it on the network. I suspect that they are using broadcasts to know they're there, and these are not traveling across the bridge.

    You've posted that adding a static route to the ROUTER will possibly fix this, to forward the broadcasts to the CLIENT and vice versa. I've tried it in every possible configuration I can imagine to no avail. In your post above you mention that should be forwarded to, with subnet mask of Well, when I try that, it gives me an error as I enter the in the "Destination LAN IP" field, that 255 is out of range. So, I CANNOT forward x.x.x.255, because the 255 is not allowed in the field. I tried forwarding with subnet masks of both and with no luck.

    I've tried every combination I can imagine of forwarding from the ROUTER to the CLIENT and back again, I can't get it to work. I'd really appreciate any more specific guidance from those that have been successful in this setup. By "more specific" I guess I mean, could you please list exactly the addresses placed in the "Destination LAN IP", "Subnet Mask" and "Default Gateway" fields in the advanced routing tab.

    I appreciate everyone's time posting on this forum, it's an incredible resource. Thanks in advance for any additional help with this!

  50. hotrat

    hotrat Network Guru Member

    Same thing here won't let u add a broadcast addy of .255
    says range has to be .0 to .254

    ideas anyone??
  51. Lampei

    Lampei Network Guru Member

    Re: Working almost perfectly

    Mike, I'll chime in here again :)

    I managed to get my FTP client working to get to my xbox via the WPA wireless routed-client method I described above. In order to "see" the FTP again, I had to set up the port forwarding. As everything is behind the firewall, I turned off the firewall (as SHAH describes in his first post), then I set up port 21 to go to the internal ip (of the bridge) of 21 for my xbox, then I setup port 80 to go to port 80 of the internal ip (of the bridge) of the xbox. I setup the forwarding of ports 21 and 80 to go to (the ip addresses that I assigned to my xbox from the bridge). Then I can FTP to the internal ip I've assigned to my xbox (from the router e.g. .1.200) which then forwards my requests to .2.200 I don't know if this answers your question or not, but hopefully it'll give you a start on getting it setup.

    Oh yes, one more thing...
    I was able to ping the .1.200 ip of the xbox before I set up port forwarding (this is what was confusing me...if I can ping it, why can't I FTP or get to it). I guess it wasn't forwarding my requests to the correct place, but now they are.
  52. Spankster

    Spankster Network Guru Member

    Re: Working almost perfectly


    Thanks for the post. Let me describe my network in a little more detail (although it's very similar to what has been described).

    ROUTER wrt54g is connected to internet through WAN port
    LAN side address of ROUTER is
    Have computer wired to ROUTER with address of (static). This is the computer running the TiVo software
    CLIENT wrt54g running Alchemy 1.0 has a ROUTER side ip of
    CLIENT has a lan side ip of
    TiVo is wired to CLIENT lan port with static ip of

    I have a static route set up on the ROUTER with destination, subnet, gateway

    With this configuration, I can ping the tivo from the ROUTER connected computer. I can also access the web page on the TiVo. From the TiVo I can hard code in the ip address of the computer running the TiVo server to access music and picture files. This also works great (because I can enter the ip of the computer directly). The TiVo also is able to access the internet with no problems (for the tvguide listing updates etc). So it seems that everything is working great. Oh, I've got all the firewall stuff turned off on the CLIENT.

    But, the problem is that the TiVo software running on my computer ( provides the additional feature of being able to download tv programs from the tivo to the computer. But in this software you cannot just specify the ip of the tivo, it has to "find" it on the network. The TiVo support website says that they have to be on the same subnet, but I'm guessing that this is because it uses a subnet broadcast to find the tivo.

    ZoneAlarm reports that the tivo software is trying to access, which I believe is the broadcast (of course I turn off zonealarm while troubleshooting just to make sure it's not the problem). Others (specifically lio256 and shah) have reported that a static route forwarding on the ROUTER to (the ROUTER side CLIENT ip), would forward these broadcasts. But when I try and put this in, it does not let me use .255, but gives an error that this is out of range and only .0-.254 are allowed.

    I have (as per your suggestion Lampei) added port forwarding on the CLIENT to forward ports 2190 (and 8080-8089 as per directions on the TiVo site) directly to which is my TiVo ip address. This doesn't help.

    What I have tried is to set up a static route on the CLIENT with destination, subnet (also tried, gateway I've also gone backwards, forwarding from the ROUTER to the CLIENT in the same way. This also doesn't help.....

    Anyways, that's my problem (sorry for the long post). It seems that if I could forward x.x.x.255 that would do it, but the router will not let me put in an address of .255.

    Any suggestions would be very welcomed! It seems that there are people who have gotten this to work, I just can't seem to quite get it right. Perhaps others are using Talisman instead of Alchemy? Any thoughts???

    Mike (Spankster)
  53. hotrat

    hotrat Network Guru Member

    ok. so it has somehitng to do with the "route add" command doesn't it in the command line interface of the client router, anyone care to help out with what you need to put in after??
  54. hotrat

    hotrat Network Guru Member

  55. hotrat

    hotrat Network Guru Member

  56. jas0nuk

    jas0nuk Guest

    Is it possible to choose between "client-routed" mode and "client-bridged" mode on DD-WRT prefinal 4 firmware? I'm having trouble setting it up with WPA. WEP works fine.

    Btw, my ROUTER is a DI-624, (it's routing tables cannot be changed) so the PC + Xbox behind the CLIENT cannot be seen.

    Anyway, my top priority is to get WPA working with this setup.

    This is what it looks like:

    Router - DI-624, subnet
    WAN Side-public IP
    LAN Side- - connected to PC1(

    Client - WRT54g 1.1 on DD-WRT Firmware, subnet
    "WAN" Side-
    LAN Side- - connected to Xbox(0.130), PC2(0.131).
  57. atta

    atta Guest

    Configuration Problems

    I have two WRT54G my setup is like this:

    Mode: AP
    SSID: test
    Security: Disable

    WAN: IP Static
    IP: 150.187.XX:XX


    **Firewall: Disable
    **Mac Filter: Disable

    Mode: Client
    SSID: test
    Security: Disable

    WAN: IP Static


    **Firewall: Disable
    **Mac Filter: Disable

    I have problems i can't ping from Ap to the client and viceversa any body can help me?
    I on status.wireless i see that my Ap recognize the cliente a viceversa, but I can do a ping between them...
    Thanks for help
  58. tcushing

    tcushing Guest


    I had to set dhcpd under the advanced config tab to LAN&WIRELESS using Alchemy firmware.
  59. HateEarthlink

    HateEarthlink Network Guru Member

    This is much more detailed than the notes I made myself. Have you been able to get the client to use WPA-PSK? I cannot. :(

    ROUTER: netgear
    CLIENT: WRT54GS v1.1

    works with WEP, but not WPA-PSK.

    I use it exclusively for xboxen
  60. lanmedic

    lanmedic Network Guru Member

    Will this firmware work with a WRT54G v3 router?
  61. Lampei

    Lampei Network Guru Member

    Yup, that's the version of router I'm using right now.
  62. lanmedic

    lanmedic Network Guru Member

    Exactly which firmware are you using?
  63. Lampei

    Lampei Network Guru Member

    Sveasoft 1.04
  64. lanmedic

    lanmedic Network Guru Member

    Which firmware from Sveasoft: Alchemy, Satori, Talisman?

  65. Lampei

    Lampei Network Guru Member

  66. gedikart0

    gedikart0 Network Guru Member


    My router (ver 2.2, fw linksys 3.03.9) settings:

    Basic setup
    Local IP =
    Mask =
    DHCP = Disable

    Advanced Routing:
    Operating Mode = Gateway
    Set Number = 1
    Route Name = BRIDGE
    Destination LAN = IP
    Mask =
    Default Gateway =
    Interface = LAN & WIRELESS

    Show Routig Table:
    Destination LAN IP, Subnet Mask, Gateway, Interface
    Internet Def Gw IP WAN (Internet) LAN & Wireless Int. def gw Ip WAN (Internet)

    There isn't this line:,,, LAN & Wireless

    Why is it?
  67. ziggynap

    ziggynap Network Guru Member

    Router Keeps Restarting Every 10 minutes

    I have a WRT54GS v1.1(HyperWRT) ->Wireless->WRT54GS v.3 (Alchemy v1.0 Final) and have everything working perfect execpt for the fact the router keeps restarting every 5 mins like my aim, my msn, and my servers will all reboot i currently run a p2p hub with around 500 users and it keeps getting disconnected, almost like my old router used to do before i incrased the max_connections routing table limit, i have everything port forwarded from my router to my CLIENT then from client to my server pc. i go login to the router and it usally never has an uptime greater then 9 mins what seems to be the problem? i always thought the sveasoft firmware was suppposed to be stable and made for servers... any suggestions would help!
    NOte: since i installed hyperwrt and increased max connections i never had this problem hosting 1000's of users thru wireless 24/7 for months on my GS v1.1 so i know that is not the problem its something with my WRT54G v.3 that is dropping the connection every few mins its very annoying becuase i have to keep restarting it every time :(
  68. tkershah

    tkershah Guest

    Can ping Router attached PC from Client but not vice versa

    Great guide Shah, but I have a few questions.

    I configured everything the way you said, using the same numbers for all the settings you used. I can connect to the ROUTER web interface and the CLIENT web interface from my laptop which is connected to the CLIENT. I can also ping the PC attached to the ROUTER with my laptop, but I can't get the PC attached to the ROUTER to either connect to the CLIENT web interface, or ping the Laptop attached to the client. Filesharing does not work either way.

    I am using two wrt54g v4 routers with stock firmware on the ROUTER router and DD-WRT v23 firmware for the CLIENT router. Any suggestions would be appreciated. thanks
  69. Ptrowski

    Ptrowski Network Guru Member

    A bit different setup

    I like the guide shah, but I am trying to set the wrt54g up as a bridge using a hotel 's wireless internet.
    Could someone help me get this set up as I only know what is going on at this end and not the hotels?
  70. darkelf87

    darkelf87 Network Guru Member

    sorry but im new to all of this but. how would i be able to forwarding ports on the bridge side? do i set all the ports to forward to the same ip on both routers?
  71. Wiscow

    Wiscow Network Guru Member

    I have a solution/workaround for getting a computer to connect to the shared files on another computer across a subnet.

    My setup.
    Desktop <----> Linksys wrt54g <---wireless--->DSL modem<--->Samba

    IP= via DHCP from Linksys

    Static IP=
    IP= via DHCP from the DSL modem
    firmware: dd-wrt v23

    DSL modem:
    Static IP=
    Also wireless AP

    IP= via DHCP from the DSL modem
    Linux Redhat 9. Running Samba server

    Setup on the Linksys was done according to shah's instructions. I didn't do anything with routing. Nothing special with the setup of DSL modem or Samba.

    Before I found my solution to the problem I was able to ping Samba from the desktop, I was able to log into the Samba using SSH, and I was able to log into both the Linksys and DSL modem. But I could not map a network drive.

    Then I found these pages.
    The user with the problem could connect using the IP address but not the name of the computer.
    This help show me part of the problem. But the steps to fixing it didn't apply to me.

    I stumbled upon nbtstat command.
    by entering:
    "Nbtstat -A"
    into the command prompt somehow my mapped drives started working. I am not sure what it did. I think it found the address and got the name for it.

    Now I have the command run in a .bat in my startup followed by mapping the drives.

    This was a solution to my problem and I hope it can help.
  72. Mr Marlboro

    Mr Marlboro LI Guru Member


    Was wondering if someone could help a noob out.....

    I followed the directions to "T". I can access the internet with a PC attached to the client, but I can't seem to file/print share in either direction. It's like I'm only bridging internet.
    Any Ideas? I have all the IP's set in accordance to the instructions, and yes, I did set the advance routing only on the router and the routing table shown in the instructions matches what I have (except the internet ip's of course).

    My set up is two WRT54G's (both Ver 2) with Alchemy firmware - One AP , One client , and I have a BEFSR41 linked off my AP (which works fine) (The BEFSR IP is so there shouldn't be any problems there.

    To recap..the internet works great from the client side...just can't see PC's or printers from Router side (or vice-versa).

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  73. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    have you enabled sharing on each PC. its not just a matter of getting IP's and routing correct. files and folders need to be shared. then DNS/Netbios also have to be setup (for sahred naming to be used) once a share is inplace do the share have permissions set? username/passwords perhaps? if you cannot see the share in you network places are they on the same IP subnet? if not you may need to create a mapped drive, or goto the run command and type in the UNC name and shared that you need to access.

    if you need help with adding sharing and you have setup the IP in this thread then please create a new thread about file sharing since it is slightly off topic from what this threads title is about.
  74. ds18s20

    ds18s20 LI Guru Member

    correct me but the title is completely false. The steps have NOTHING to do with creating bridged network. In fact we are doing the exact opposite - two routed networks.

    I would really like to know if there is a way to use wrt54g as a true "bridge" in the real meaning of the word. That means DHCP provided by the "home" router and arp visible across the two wifi "bridged" networks.

  75. Beeroxin

    Beeroxin Networkin' Nut Member

    Wow it appears you've had quite a few questions since posting this tutorial lol ive got one more for ya to test your patience:wink: Is it possible to use dd-wrt in client bridge mode? and would the same settings/steps apply? I ask because dd-wrt seems to support the widest range of routers and at the same time has more bells and whistles than you can shake a dog at:biggrin:
  76. DipakShah

    DipakShah New Member Member

    My configuration is as following:
    Type WRT54GV2
    firmware: 1.0.01
    Internet Connection type: Automatic Configuration DHCP
    Local IP Address: Subnet Mask:
    DNS Server 1 =
    DNS Server 2 =
    wireless.BasicWirelessSetting.WirelessNetworkName: "somename"
    wireless.BasicWirelessSetting.wirelessChannel: 9-2.542Ghz
    Wireless.WirelessSecurity.SecurityMode: WPA2 Personal
    Wireless.WirelessSecurity.WPAAlgorithms: AES
    Wireless.WirelessSecurity.GroupKeyRenewal: 3600 Seconds
    Wireless.BasicWirelessSetting.wirelessConfiguration: Manual
    wireless.BasicWirelessSetting.WirelessNetworkMode: Mixed​

    Client side:
    Type: WRT54G V5
    firmware : 1.00.1
    under Wireless>Basic Settings
    Wireless Network.wirelessMode --- I do not have this option listed
    WirelessChannel: 9 - 2.452Ghz
    Under Wireless>Wireless Security
    Security Mode = WPA2 Personal
    WPA Algorithms: AES
    WPA Shared Key: "mykey"
    Group Key Renual: 3600 Seconds

    Under Setup>Basic Setup

    Internet Connection Type: Static IP
    Internet IP Address:
    Subnet Mask:
    Static DNS1:
    Static DNS2:
    Static DNS3:

    Router Name: Bridge
    Hose Name: Bridge
    Domain Name:
    MTU: Auto

    Local IP Address:
    Subnet Mask:

    DHCP Server: Enable
    Starting IP Address:
    Maximum Number of DHCP Users: 50
    Under Setup>Advance Routing
    Operating Mode: Router (options are "Gateway" or "Router")
    RIP: Disabled

    Under Security>Firewall

    Everything unchecked except Filter Multicast
    After doing all the above configuration, I am still unable to ping from my local machine

    IPConfig on the local machine (Connected with LAN cable to client)
    DHCP Enabled: Yes
    Autoconfiguration Enabled: Yes
    IPv4 Address: (Preferred)
    Subnet Mask:
    Default Gateway:
    DHCP server:
    DNS Server:

    Please Help....

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